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Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries Part 2: The Library Match Game

Class Details

These two sessions (1/26, 2/10 starting at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT) are intended for members of the PNR & SEA regions: AK, AL, DC, GA, FL, ID, MD, MI, MT, NC, OR, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA, WA, and WV. Participants from other regions are welcome to attend, however we may be less likely to be able to match you with a COOP partner.

This webinar is a continuation of Part 1 in the Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) for Libraries series. At the end of Part 1, attendees were provided with a template for a one-page continuity of operations plan (COOP) and were asked to begin filling out the template for their library. The first hour of Part 2 is designed to answer any questions about filling out the template and to allow attendees the opportunity to share tips that they learned while filling out their one-page COOP. The second hour will introduce attendees to the benefits of having a backup library from outside their region. The final portion will match libraries from the northwest with similar libraries in the southeast who can potentially partner as a backup library.

Speaker Information

Dan Wilson is the Associate Director for Collections & Library Services at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Library. He was the coordinator for the National Network of the National Library (NNLM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative from 2007 to 2016, when he facilitated training programs and engagement opportunities for libraries, communities, CBHOs, and emergency planners. Dan has worked with state library agencies in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. Dan is a co-author of the book, Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery. Excerpts from one of his chapters was featured in the July 2020 issue of American Libraries. In addition, he is the creator of the Medical Library Association (MLA) CE course, In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COP) Planning. The course was taken by over 800 people between March and June 2020.

Continuing Education Credits: 
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm
United States
This class is eligible for Disaster Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

This freely available online course defines and describes continuity of operations (COOP) planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan in case of emergencies. This course also provides a one-page continuity plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  •     Describe the function of continuity of operations (COOP) planning
  •     Identify your library’s mission essential functions
  •     Create a one-page Continuity Plan